FRENCH’S Cook-Off 2009

I am up late again and got the Twitter Moms RAMBO Alert about the FRENCH’S Cook-Off 2009 contest. The first 16 bloggers to enter the cook-off, write about it and post a comment on Twitter Moms will receive a grocery store gift card. Everyone who enters the Cook-off will be entered to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of $25,000 from FRENCH’S.

Recipes must be:

– include at least one FRENCH’S product
– take less than an hour to prepare/serve
– include fewer than eight ingredients (with the exception of salt, pepper and water)
– be your own creation and not published anywhere

Guess what I made for dinner Tuesday night? An experimental chicken dish that included FRENCH’S Classic Yellow Mustard, so I figured this is a contest that was meant for me to enter, right?

I don’t like to cook. I try to avoid it whenever possible, or I cook the same boring meals over and over again. But Tuesday night, something possessed me to get into experimental mode for dinner.

My daughter and I stopped by Target on the way home from her after school activity to pick up some Colby Jack cheese slices because I knew that was the only ingredient I didn’t have at home. I had three avocados (on sale at Sprouts through 10/14 – 3 for $1.00) and some chicken breasts (also from Sprouts). I had some bacon that needed to be eaten in the next few weeks, and, of course, the FRENCH’S Classic Yellow Mustard.

Here’s what I submitted to the FRENCH’S Cook-Off contest (not the best photo since it was in the refrigerator):

1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees
2. Clean and prep desired number of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3. Place chicken breasts in a glass cooking pan
4. Spray or brush desired amount of butter or margarine on top of each chicken breast.
5. Squirt or brush desired amount of French’s Classic Yellow Mustard on top of each chicken breast.
6. Place bacon strips on cookie sheet (number depends on number of chicken breasts you are cooking. I used one strip per breast).
7. Place chicken and bacon in oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
8. Turn over each chicken breast and apply butter/margarine and French’s Classic Yellow mustard.
9. Turn bacon over.
10. Return both chicken and bacon to oven and cook for another 10-12 minutes.
11. Remove bacon and dab with paper towel to soak up grease.
12. Once chicken is no longer pink, add slices of avocado (amount depends on your preference) and 1-2 strips of bacon to each chicken breast and top with a slice of cheese (I used Colby Jack).
13. Return pan to oven and cook for 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
14. Remove from oven and serve! This can be served alone or in a hamburger bun.

The nice thing about this recipe is there are no measurements. You just throw together whatever amounts of each ingredient you want based on your preferences. I don’t know if 350 degrees is the best temperature to use for cooking chicken, because like I mentioned… I don’t cook. It worked out for me though.

I had to give my little creation a name, and being that it’s the middle of the night, I couldn’t think of anything creative. My first thought was of BLT sandwiches, so I called this CAB (Colby-Avocado-Bacon) Chicken.

With all the fabulous recipes that have been and will be submitted by much better cooks than me, I don’t expect to win this contest. My entry is very simple and kind of boring. But it included a FRENCH’s ingredient, it tasted good, it met all the requirements and I happened to have one serving left over so I could take a photo. I’m looking forward to seeing all the submissions and finding some new possibilities. Eight or fewer ingredients and less than an hour sound good to me.

Do you have a easy-to-prepare recipe that includes one or more FRENCH’S ingredients? If so, go here to submit it. Who knows…. maybe you’ll win one of the weekly prizes or the grand prize of $25,000!

And if you’re a blogger, check out the Twitter Moms contest. If 16 bloggers haven’t already left comments, you can still enter to win the grocery store gift card.

One Response to “FRENCH’S Cook-Off 2009”

  1. October 14th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    richardsonsaver says:

    I don’t know if I could enter the contest, but your recipe looks good. Not the boring chicken I make at my house!


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